I am in the process of using AutoCAD to prepare a building addition design concept and planning. Just 'vanilla' AutoCAD. I will be using the 3D and rendering in it. Also, I will be starting the concept first with Google SketchUP, then to AutoCAD.
The friend I am doing this for is not have AutoCAD or graphics software experience, so my question here would be what/how would be the best method to communicate the graphics with him. That is:
1. I would like for him to be able to view and comment on the 3D image, rendering and other graphics.
He does not have AutoCAD.
2. Storage. Any better method of storage with respect of he being able to view the project. I was thinking on on-line storage method to do this. Thinking the file might be large, the online thingy might not be practical (internet speed at about 325kbs). I believe there is an AutoCAD 3D file format.
3. The project will not be for construction (with details) just conceptual design project.
Export the 3d model to dwf format, and use the Navisworks Freedom. It will allow you to walk through the project.
When you open up the software the first time, don't forget to change your file type to ".dwf" from ".nwf"(?)
Great visualization software
It should still be free (at least has been for the past ~7 years?).
BTW, Navisworks Freedom is an AutoDesk product.
Thanks for the info. I am downloading the viewer at the moment.
I sure will give it a try.
Bye the way, any input on the file management and storage I mentioned in my previous post?
Thanks for your time.
Did animated graphics between Intel and myself and it works very well and rather smoothly (I have fiber optic inet at home where I did it from)
Free trial. Try it between you and a friend to see if it will serve your needs. I'm pretty sure you can do a printscreen or print what you need from either the host or remote station.
*.dwfx might be a solution.
(free) Autodesk Design Review if needed.
If you mean what to expect for xrefs and file size, Exporting will bind all (not sure about unloaded xrefs, layers set to off and/ or frozen) objects, creates one file (I usually date them in reverse yyyy/mm/dd, so they auto arrange) and will reduce the overall size of the sum of xrefs in the original file. So lets say your project files equals ~80mB, the dxf should be ~30mB. I would assume that unlike autocad, the navisworks freedom will lean on the graphics card so final results may vary (disclaimer).
File transfer? Autodesk products: buzzsaw (just a suggestion as this is really a behemoth for project communications with a sizable vendor, client, partner... Audience with checks & balances), cloud 360? (does this link?), drop box, ftp, iCloud, etc...
Oh, and as JDmather mentioned, the Design Review is solid! Like a PDF, but with more features, esp. the ablity to overlay 2 dwf (dwfx) files and will compare the highlighting the differences vs. similarities, not to mention the ablitly to place comments and if printed to scale, measurements too.
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